Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | December 17, 2010

Battle of the Bulge Started Today – 1944

Today, December 16th, was the day in 1944 when about 30 German divisions hit 3 U.S. divisions stretched across a quiet sector of the Ardennes forest.  The next 7 weeks was one of the greatest battles in U.S. history.  It was one of many defining moments in U.S. Army history.

The legacy lives today in the divisional patches young soldiers wear in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I walked the ground on an officers’ field trip in 1988.   Great to see the fields of fire and axis of advance over ground I had read so much about.

The map took on different meaning for me over the years.  The three vertical lines at the bottom of the map (Patton’s Third U.S. Army) gained the full weight of the staff work it takes to shift  divisions 90 degrees and move them 90 miles or so.

The cold weather snap hereabouts reminded me about this bloody anniversary.  The cold makes me feel the effects from my two military frost bite experiences – hands and feet.

The two campaigns for the past 9 years are quite different from WW II.  They fit the metaphor for the U.S. Indian Wars 1608-1890.  We have a long, long, long way to go fighting Islamists.



  1. so why do you have Battle of the Bulge as starting today when it was in December?

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